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Free SQL Server 2016 Licenses!

Sort Of—Get the Full Story

by Jared Bisbano | 04.21.16

As part of the SQL Server 2016 launch event, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a commercial database promotion that provides customers with free licenses if you are running a competitor’s platform (Oracle, Sybase, SAP Hana). The offer ends on June 30, 2016; however, free is never free. In order to qualify, there is a laundry list of criteria that a company must meet in order to get these licenses. Read on to learn what you can do to qualify for these licenses.

Tags:EnterpriseEnterprise AgreementMicrosoftServersSoftware AssuranceSQLSQL ServerSQL Server 2016

Roaming Rights, Windows VDA, and You

Key Changes to Virtual Desktop Access Licensing

by Melissa Curtis | 04.19.16

For years now, Microsoft has offered virtual desktop access (VDA) through Software Assurance. Soon, this feature will no longer be available.

If you’re like me, sometimes it feels as if life revolves around Microsoft licensing. I love digging into the details—and one thing that I was slightly surprised to see in Microsoft’s product terms was that roaming rights were retired for Windows Enterprise and Windows VDA. You may ask, “What does this mean?” Well, it means that you may have to change the way that you license your environment.

Tags:CloudMicrosoftSoftware AssuranceVirtual Desktop AccessWindows Server Enterprise

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The Fries of Microsoft Licensing

Dishing Out the Details on Software Assurance

by Melissa Curtis | 01.06.16

Would you like some fries with that? It’s a question that most of us have been asked at least one time in our lives. If you’re anything like me, it’s tempting but do you really need it? With Microsoft licensing, a similar question is asked: would you like those licenses with Software Assurance?  Read More for the answer.

Tags:License MobilityMicrosoftMicrosoft Open BusinessPC Connection IncSoftware AssuranceSQL Server 2014SQL Server 2016

Windows 10 Updates and the Enterprise

What It Could Mean in Practical Terms

by Lane Shelton | 08.04.15

Windows 10 represents a significant evolution in the relationship between deploying the Windows OS and licensing the Windows OS. We’ve already seen other major changes to Windows licensing: the introduction of the user-based subscription, the ability to purchase an upgrade license to Windows Enterprise without the need for Software Assurance—and there are more changes to come. One of the most significant changes specific to Windows 10, however, is the way you’ll be consuming updates. Until Windows 10, there’s always been something of a dividing line between security updates and features updates. Security updates are quick and ongoing, while the features updates are rolled into big groupings—and deploying those is usually a heavy lift for IT.

Tags:BYODITLicensingMicrosoftOffice 365SecuritySoftware AssuranceWindows 10Windows LicensingWindows ProWindows Server Enterprise

Microsoft EA 101

Who It’s for and How It Works

by Jack Dillman | 03.18.15

Chances are you’ve probably heard of a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) before. It’s just a volume licensing deal for software, right? What’s the big deal? Well, a few years ago, a volume licensing program was just a better way to get bigger savings on big orders. Today, it’s a whole different ballgame.

With the rise of cloud, big data, and new ways of working, everyone’s looking for greater flexibility. As your technological landscape changes, you need to be able to download products, use them, pay for them, and bring them into the environment at your leisure—not on a transactional basis. Microsoft EA delivers that flexibility.

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